Volunteer With Us

People choose to volunteer for many different reasons. For some, it provides an opportunity to develop new skills & knowledge or build confidence to which we run the Freedom Project.

For others, it offers the chance to give something back to the community or make a difference to the people around them. If you are interested in making a difference to the lives of others, we have the following volunteering opportunities to choose from:

Please note our volunteering opportunities are open to applicants over the age of 18.

Creative Writing Tutor

  • Do you have a passion for creating interesting and unique stories?
  • Would you like to pass on your knowledge and skills to others?
  • Are you able to plan, teach and lead a 10-week creative writing course?

If you’ve answered yes to these questions then this role could be perfect for you!

You will be teaching clients who access the Freedom Project – a life skills and employment programme that is aimed at those who have additional barriers to moving on in life, such as homelessness, mental health issues, addiction recovery or a criminal record so we ask that candidates have a positive and non-judgemental attitude.

Weekly course will take place on Mondays, 14:00 – 16:00.

Music Production Tutor

  • Do you have a passion for electronic music?
  • Would you like to pass on your knowledge and skills to others?
  • Are you able to plan, teach and lead a 10-week music production course using Digital Audio Workstation Reaper as the main focus?

If you’ve answered yes to these questions then this role could be perfect for you!

You will be teaching clients who access the Freedom Project – a life skills and employment programme that is aimed at those who have additional barriers to moving on in life, such as homelessness, mental health issues, addiction recovery or a criminal record so we ask that candidates have a positive and non-judgemental attitude.

Weekly course will take place on Tuesdays, 18:00 – 20:00.

How to apply

If you are interested in applying for the above roles, please complete a volunteer application form and send it to volunteering@mustardtree.co.uk. Once we receive your form, we will be in touch to discuss your application in more detail.

Skills Mentors

We are looking for skills mentors to work directly with our clients. Skills focus on employability and supporting volunteers who are actively seeking work. They don’t meet with the same mentee each session, but work with a variety of our volunteers, mainly around our Ready for Work club. Please note that our Ready for Work club runs on Tuesdays, 10:00 – 12:00, so if you are interested in applying for this role, you would need to be available on Tuesdays (this doesn’t have to be every Tuesday). For more information on becoming a skills mentor, please email johnny@mustardtree.co.uk

Volunteer Mentors

Mentors work one-to-one with our Freedom Project volunteers, providing ongoing support, guidance and encouragement as they work towards their self-set goals. 

Please note that we require our volunteer mentors to be available for at least one hour per week, Monday – Friday’s, 09:00 – 17:00. If you would like to become a volunteer mentor, please contact jez@mustardtree.co.uk for further information and an application form,

Experiences, references and DBS Checks

You don’t need any experience of working with vulnerable individuals to volunteer with us. What you do need is a good attitude as we’re looking for people who are non-judgmental, good listeners and who are able to work as part of a team.

If you would like to apply for any of our roles, we ask the names of two people we can speak to for references. If you’re successful in your application, and depending which role you have applied for, we would need to apply for a DBS Check (Disclosure and Barring Service) because we work with vulnerable individuals.

Please note that a conviction will not necessarily exclude you from volunteering with Mustard Tree, but will be taken into account when assessing your suitability.